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Kharkoo Valley Overview
Kharkoo Valley is a beautiful valley in Ghanche District (Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan). Kharkoo Valley is located on the right bank of Shayok river between Daghoni and Saling and thus on the old connecting route between Khaplu and the other regions of Baltistan. Kharkoo belonged to the Kingdom of Khaplu before 1840 according to Tibet-encyclopaedia. Due to its longitude side location, it has hot climates normally hotter than other areas of Gilgit Baltistan.
Location of Kharkoo Valley
Kharkoo Valley is situated in the series Karakorum Mountains and along the Shyok River off side of Siachen Road nearby Khaplu Town. It borders with Daghoni, Balghar to the west, Macholu and Hushe to the east, Thally valley to the northwest. Barah is situated in south of Kharkoo across the river. Kharkoo is encircled by grey-brown colored mountains, which hide the 8,000 meter peaks of the nearby Karakoram Range. There are total six muhallahs…mandik, malayar, thana, tranzong, garbong, yuskil and lahar….its population is almost 4000.
The region of Kharkoo is accessible by the bridges Kharfaq, Balghar and Saling. The normal road route into Kharkoo is through the Siachen Road and a link road into the Khaplu from it.
There are ten villages in Kharkoo by namely Mandik, Arapa, Malayar, Thana Trangzong (Gamba and Gongma), Garbong, Youskil, Piyara, Shopacholi and Lahar]. There is a Federal Government boy’s and a girl’s High school. The Kharkoo Polo Ground is the most ancient and historical polo ground in this region.